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Gig News & Latest In House Releases – 9th May 2011

| On 15, Apr 2011



13 & GOD – ‘Own Your Ghost’ (Alien Transistor)
13 & God is a collaborative project between Oakland/Anticon art-rap duo Themselves (inc Doseone of cLOUDEAD) and German pop experimentalists the Notwist. ‘Own Your Ghost’ is something of a concept on the subject of death, its lyrics taken from Adam Themselves’ poems, yet manages to be life-affirming Totally varied mixing lush melodies with glitch-riddled krautrock, beats etc (at times from banging on shelves, boxes of change, playing a broken kora and a hacked Game Boy, Sylvia Plath/Marilyn Hacker samples via dubplate no less!). At gentler moments, you’ll hear sumptuous swirls of acoustic strums, piano plinks, full-band chants and orchestral swings. ‘Own Your Ghost’ comes six years after 13 & God’s s/t debut with the Themselves and Notwist now leading a seven-man strong band.
AIDAN MOFFAT & BILL WELLS – ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ (Chemikal Underground)
Eight years in the making, ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ is the debut album from Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap, Lucky Pierre) and Scottish composer Bill Wells (leader of the Bill Wells Octet who’ve worked with The Pastels, Isobel Campbell, Future Pilot AKA etc). Really special record full of gorgeous, jazz-inflected love songs fleshed out with a mixture of spoken word pieces and vocals delivered in Aidan’s distinctive rhotic singing voice. Lyrically, it couldn’t be further away from, say, Arab Strap’s ‘The First Big Weekend Of The Summer’ – on ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ Aidan’s musing on themes of freedom, fatherhood and responsibility, but in his own inimitable wry, humourous way. Aidan has developed into one of this country’s most gifted – and certainly unique – songwriters and his lyrics on this album are as insightful, funny, lewd and, at times, profoundly moving as anything he’s ever written.
Video for ‘If You Keep Me In Your Heart’ here
Album trailer for ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ here

Y NIWL – ‘Undegsaith / Undegchwech’ (Aderyn Papur)
‘Undegsaith / Undegschwech’ . . . that’s easy for you to say. Translated from Welsh, it’s Sixteen and Seventeen. On the A-side, Undegsaith represents an edgier side to the band, with a fierce northern soul beat and searing fuzz where you’d normally find trembling tremolo. A mere minute long, it’s one big, dramatic build-up. The band recently toured the globe supporting Gruff Rhys playing songs from their acclaimed album ‘Uh Nule’ (Eng. ‘The Fog’), a heady mix of instrumental surf sounds. They also serving as Gruff’s backing band for the tour.

“Two years after the break up of The Broken Family Band. Steven Adams has uncorked this terrific debut” **** Uncut
“An underrated national treasure” **** Q
“he’s written his best set of songs for years” The Guardian

Steven Adams is taking his new band of merrymen (and woman) SINGING ADAMS out on the road to toast the release of their first record ‘Everybody Friends Now’, which is rather good. Let me know if you’d like to hear it, review, speak to Steven or attend a show…
Thursday 14th Sowerby Bridge, Puzzle Hall
Friday 15th Newcastle, Cumberland Arms
Saturday 16th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sunday 17th Manchester, Deaf Institute
Tuesday 19th London, The Lexington

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX play a rare London show (14th) tomorrow at the Lexington, shout quickly for a list spot.

DEERHOOF are heading this way in May for a couple of dates. It’s in support of their 11th LP ‘Deerhoof vs. Evil’, crammed full of elastic rhythms and abrupt pop melodies and is out now on ATP.
3rd May – MANCHESTER Club Academy
4th May – LONDON The Garage

Exciting news that ‘Route One Or Die’, the long-awaited debut album from THREE TRAPPED TIGERS, is ready. Blood And Biscuits will be releasing it into the world on 30th May, following on from the acclaimed hat-trick of EPs they’ve released over the couple of years. Utterly original on record and live, TTT will take their traditional instrument-facilitated IDM on the road on the Pink Mist tour in May. Support comes from Tall Ships. Get a free track Cramm from here, now and we have copies of the album in:

11/05 Colchester @ Colchester Arts Centre*
12/05Amsterdam @ Bitterzoet*
13/05 Brussels @ Les Nuits Botanique*
14/05 Brighton @ Great Escape*
15/05/ Southampton @ Talking Heads
16/05 Cambridge @ The Portland
18/05 Birmingham @ Hare & Hounds
19/05 Cardiff @ Buffalo Bar
20/05 Liverpool @ Kazimer
21/05 Glasgow @ GSA (Stag & Dagger)
22/05 Newcastle @ The Head Of Steam
23/05 Manchester @ Night & Day
24/05 Sheffield @ The Harley
25/05 Leeds @ Nation Of Shop Keepers
26/05 Preston @ Mad Ferret
27/05 Bristol @ Start The Bus
28/05 Glynde Place @ Meadowlands Festival
31/05 London @ Cargo
*Three Trapped Tigers only

BATHS brings his ace West Coast cut’n’paste upbeat party electronics to our shores next month, his album ‘Cerulean’ was one of our records of 2010 and there’s a new single ‘The Nothing’ to coincide with the gigs. Check these links to see how good Will is live, bursting with personality which is such a rare thing for a one man electronic live show:

Baths cover LCD Soundsystem
29-Apr – Dublin Ireland Workman’s Club
01-May – Bristol Festival
02-May – Manchester Deaf Institute
03-May – London Cargo

Praise for Baths:
“Picture beautiful, sun-kissed harmonics wrestling in a hot tub on top of the Hollywood Hills” DAZED & CONFUSED
“Pulsing synths a la Walls, distorted but sweet vocals in the vein of How To Dress Well and richly acoustic folktronica arrangements are only part of the story… a satisfyingly polychromatic treat” NME
“Will Wiesenfeld warps electronica, from ambient fuzz to glitchy R&B in a manner akin to fellow Los Angelean Daedelus” Q